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Soil for Water project looks at effects of overgrazing
Making the most of a pasture, especially when threatened with drought conditions, calls for careful management....
Recycling Used Beer Yeast for Environmental Protection
Brewer's yeast used to make beer is typically discarded once it's no longer needed. Sometimes, though, the leftover yeast is mixed into livestock feed as a source of protein and vitamins....
Does cattle grazing have future in Finnish dairy production?
The new Graze-WELL project will harness the expertise of specialists at the University of Helsinki and the Natural Resources Institute of Finland in an ambitious multidisciplinary attempt to determine how welfare of dairy cattle and potential for carbon...
Emissions expert: Environmental impact of beef has been overstated
On Oct. 25, Frank Mitloehner, a leading researcher in the realm of livestock sustainability, asked a packed auditorium on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s East Campus to picture three coffee cups — a ceramic cup, a Styrofoam cup and an insulated...
Dairy farmers can adapt to climate change
Warming climate worsens nutrient pollution but lengthens growing season...
A dirt-cheap solution? Common clay materials may help curb methane emissions
With special treatment, minerals called zeolites — commonly found in cat litter — can efficiently remove the greenhouse gas from the air, researchers report....
Farmers need to adopt agroecological practices
Scottish livestock farmers need to be supported to adopt nature-based farming practices which could contribute to climate and biodiversity goals, new research has found....
Preserving the prairie in the US Great Plains
The Great Plains — an area of the world named for the vast rolling hills covered with tallgrass or shortgrass prairies. However, during the last two centuries, these native ecosystems have changed from grasslands to woodlands. ...
Fast food gobbling larvae could replace soy in livestock diet
Larvae such as those of the black soldier fly (BSF) can form an important new link in circular agriculture. They grow well on unused waste streams such as catering waste or pig manure, which are currently not yet permitted to be fed to insect larvae....
Neospora: significant cause of abortion in dairy, beef herds in Northern IrelandNI
Neospora also known as Neospora caninum is single celled parasitic organism that can affect cattle, particularly pregnant cattle, where it can result in abortion. The disease affects cattle worldwide, and once infected, cattle remain infected for life,...
Can ‘machine learning’ help predict dairy cow intakes?
This is a question that scientists at AFBI have been trying to answer within a project which is examining ‘precision feeding’ approaches for dairy cows....
‘Push-pull’ innovation helps female farmers in East Africa see crop, livestock, and income improvements
Since 2019, the amount of milk Mariam Bagune’s livestock produce has doubled. Ever since she began implementing a sustainable farming technique called “push-pull,” Bagune and other female farmers in Ethiopia have observed a number of improved farm...
Forage study: legumes in beef cattle bring benefits. Many of them.
Dr. Bart Lardner (PhD) has preliminary findings from his ongoing forage study: legumes in beef cattle forage bring benefits. Many of them....
Ammonia reduction strategies for the cattle sector
Ammonia emissions from livestock present major challenges to the Northern Ireland agricultural industry. Funded by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) is currently conducting a major...
From meadow to plate: could cultured meat made from grass replace animals?
An affordable lab system that uses grass blades to turn cells into cultured meat has been developed at the University of Bath....
 
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